Church of Saint Albin

The Church of St. Albinus is a neoclassical building dedicated to the local patron saint. It was inaugurated on 2nd May 1813, although it had not yet been completed. The construction work began in May 1804. From 1807 to the beginning of 1811 the construction site was closed due to lack of financial resources. Work was resumed in the spring of the same year and the vault on the nave was built in 1812. The Church was only completed in 1829. The choir and the organ case are located above the entrance portal. The organ was built by the Lingiardi brothers and inaugurated in 1840. It was restored and today it is still in good working order. The vault consists of four arches that support three oval calottes. The side walls of the main chapel are decorated with two large oil canvases depicting a miracle of St. Albinus and the vision of St. Lucy, respectively. The church houses a canvas by Francesco Maria Crespi from 1739, entitled “Apparition of the Virgin to St. Francis de Sales”. The façade features four pilaster strips that divide it and support the triangular tympanum. The medals sculpted on the sides depict Hope and Charity. The architrave bears an inscription engraved with the meaning “The Pietas raised this church from the ground in 1804” (Pietas means the religious sense of the people). The bell tower, designed by Carlo Visioli, was erected in 1882 and to reduce costs they devised the expedient of extending one of the church’s pillars. The church was closed in 2002 due to static problems and was reopened in 2009 following a long restoration.

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